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Eliot Elisofon's Famous Portrait of a Young Chinua Achebe
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2013 (English)Other (Other academic)
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This is a reading of Eliot Elisofon's portrait of Chinua Achebe taken in Enugu on November 16, 1959. Achebe's Things Fall Apart has recently been published. My reading of the portrait is placed in the larger context of the mission of Elisofon's travel to produce two seemingly antagonistic articles or viewpoints for LIFE magazine, one old, the second modern. The first about the Western myths of Africa, I claim, submerged the second about the independence process of Nigeria. The portrait of a young assertive Achebe is filtered by such a complexity.

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Chinua Achebe, photography, colonialism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80508OAI: diva2:649496
Available from: 2013-09-18 Created: 2013-09-18 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved

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